• About Us
  • FAQ
  • Archives
  • Links
  • SOD Columns

Ads

Facebook

  • Serial Drama on Facebook

Subscribe to Serial Drama

  • Add to Google Reader or Homepage

    Subscribe in Bloglines

    Add to My AOL

    Powered by FeedBurner

Shop Amazon.com

  • We'd love it if you would use these links to search or click through to Amazon.com. There is no charge to you and we get credit for linking you. Thanks so much!

    Canadian readers, it works for Amazon.ca too. Search or click here:

« Bad Idea Jeans Are Pine Valley's Trendiest Item | Main | Soap Blog Coalition »

June 17, 2009

That Hour Of Television Actually Bordered on Decent!

I would not describe today's episode of General Hospital as great, or even good, but I can honestly say with no hesitation that it was kind of okay, which is the most effusive praise I have given this show in ages! And once again, I am most complimentary of an episode completely lacking in Sonny and Claudia. Coincidence? I think not!

It had all of the elements of, you know, a soap opera: snappy dialogue! Veteran characters! An umbrella storyline that features the actual General Hospital of General Hospital! It would make me all warm and fuzzy if I thought for even one second that this was the signal of a creative upswing, rather than an enjoyable aberration.

The biggest key to my happiness? Nancy Lee Grahn.

Gh061709041-vi

Her increased onscreen presence, after eons of being backburnered, is a welcome surprise. I'm a little leery of what is coming down the pike, what with Alexis not having an inkling that her daughter is a hellraiser, and I have a feeling that nothing good will come of her part in the Player Mayor Mistress Murder story but damn it, I am determined to enjoy the NLG goodness while I can, before the writers forget that she is in the cast again.

Divider

And then we had a MAC sighting.

Mac

MAC!

And he was in hilarious overprotective yet self-aware dad mode:

Mac: Yeah, well, you know, that's just it, ok? You see, I'll never know, because I backed myself into a corner. Look, I can't ask Maxie straight out, or she'll get defensive. That'll make me mad, and I'll start issuing ultimatums that I don't mean. We'll be worse off than when we started, all because Maxie's mad at me.

Robin: Ok, how about trying the calm and reasonable approach?

Mac:Do I need to explain this again? Maxie and Spinelli were in some kind of floor clinch in the mayor's office. You know, after breaking into the mayor's office. What part of that do you want me to be calm and reasonable about?

AND he was repulsed by Maxie being with Spinelli at all, which is just hilarious.

Divider

Even Rebecca and Ethan scenes were not just tolerable, but entertaining, because of Tracy's presence.

Tracy

Rebecca: I realize you're part owner of the casino. So that means Ethan gets to stand here and get interrogated by you. I don't.

Tracy: Nice try, but I will not be deflected from this fascinating coincidence. Emily's long lost sister and Luke's long lost son in an intense conversation which couldn't be about anything but somebody else's money.

Ethan: Look, i'm so sorry to disappoint you, Tracy, but there's no vast conspiracy here. Although I would love to run a good scam with Rebecca. She is quite alluring. She only wants to discuss the details of a card game i'm setting up.

Tracy: That was good. Tell me another one.

It was so nice watching them deal with someone capable of complex thought, which is a far cry from the usual scenes we see them in (You know the ones...NIKOLAS: What's going on? REBECCA AND ETHAN, IN UNISON, EYES DARTING NERVOUSLY: Nothing. NIKOLAS: Okay, cool.) This is further proof that Jane Elliot is magical, and can make anything better. She really needs to work out a deal with the major networks and hop from show to show, being sassy and improving the acting of everyone around her (in an effort to maintain the positive tone I am striving for, I won't say how much the acting of Natalia Livingston and Nathan Parsons improved in these scenes, and will just say that they improved and remind you all that going from zero to one is still an improvement, however small it may be).

I will say that it's ridiculous that Ethan is the sole member of Luke's family (ugh, it is still hard for me to type that) to sense that Luke actually didn't up and leave town this time and really is in danger. It's such lazy writing: "Luke and Ethan are totally alike! He knows Luke better than his brother and sister! Their connection is real and beautiful!"

However, I was amused by Lulu dragging Lucky to the Haunted Star to deal with Ethan's panic about Luke, and the look that they exchanged when Ethan said, "He told me he wasn't leaving."

Lululucky

Lulu was all, "That's adorably clueless" and Lucky plainly thought, "This dumbass is even dumber than I am." Lucky is adorable when he is exasperated, and he is also adorable with his new haircut.

Divider

Plus, Martha Byrne!

Marthabyrne

I'm looking forward to seeing how the mayor's wife is involved in the death of his mistress, and seeing how she works with the rest of the cast. Although Bob Guza is writing this show, so I am sure that I will be disappointed, and with a quickness...

Divider

I did have a couple of complaints about the episode

(such as how quickly Nikolas stopped arguing with Epiphany after getting in some good digs

Epiphany: I would greatly appreciate it if you conducted your personal life on your own time. Young women are distractible. You get my drift? [You know who else is distractible? Nurses who cannot mind their own business ever--Ed.]

Nikolas:Actually, no, Nurse Johnson, I don't. So far, all I hear are assumptions. One, that I came here to see Rebecca as opposed to attending a board meeting, and the second most egregious assumption is that you have a say in whom I see when.

Epiphany: I get that you're a big shot around here, Mr. Cassadine. People bow and scrape when you walk by. I'm not intimidated. If I can't get things done around this hospital because you choose to use it as your own little personal hunting ground, I'll take it to the board.

Nikolas: Ok.

Come on, Nik! You're better than that!)

but then I remembered what Liz was wearing today and forgot them all.

Lizsweater

What IS that? And then that made me think of an old outfit of Lulu's

Rainbowbrite

and now I am worried that someone in the wardrobe department has a serious Rainbrow Brite fetish. Which, yes, it's far better than the fetishes the writing staff has, but it is troubling all the same.

Comments

I was very amused by Lucky's "Luke lies". and I am very impressed he didn't do a version of "I TOLD YOU HE WOULD DO THIS SUCKER! WHO'S THE DOUCHE NOW?" I wouldn't have been able to refrain.

and yes...the new haircut ROCKS!

more than one Mac sighting in an episode? Him being awesome? Nancy Lee Grahn. An umbrella story that AT THIS POINT does not involve the mob. No Sonny. No Claudia.

Yeah it's our one episode a month where Guza gets locked in a closet by the Awesome Writer.

As always like reading you ladys summary of GH. and today was truly ok. but I must say I'm a little surprised that you guys didn't mention how cute, hot, and funny Scrubs where today. them in that shower scene was FANTASTIC! I also liked all the family interaction between them and there extended family. but I totally agree with you guys when it comes to Nancy. Love Her! and Love it when she is on screen. And notice how there was no Mob on today! thats another reason why today was an ok show. But seriously as a Scrubs fan there scenes today where Great!

It was great for me. Loved dressed Scrubs in the shower. If only GH would have ran that in a continuous loop for an hour!!! The scene was surprising(for GH), sexy, fresh, funny and tooooo short. I got that plus Uncle Mac/Robin. I'm happy. I fast forwarded the rest. Seems I didn't miss much going by your recap. Even with the Scrubs greatness that I enjoyed- I am so po'ed that there hasn't been a Robin/Maxie scene for them to discuss what happened at Robin's intervention. But the Scrubs shower will suffice for now!

Just the fact that Ethan exists as a character makes me so unbelievably angry. Seriously we're supposed to believe this moron is Luke Spencer and Holly Sutton's child. I'm so not buying it.

And how about how cute Patrick and Robin were in the shower, then Matt adorably busting them. And speaking of Matt and adorable... how about yesterday when he both hit Spinelli (thanks man i really needed that) and also mocked mob prince Johnnie with his Soprano impression in front of Coleman!!! Matt is a funny snarky drunk, I like that.

Today reminded me how much I miss NS2. After today's episode I wished another spinoff could be done, by Sri Rao of course. One where Mac, Alexis, and Tracy were the leads. A spinoff about the core families of PC and who heads them up. Scorpios, Cassadines, and Quartermaine's OH MY!!! Where police, DA, ELQ, and hospital business are all involved and intertwined w/out the mob and their nasty characters.

Back to reality, didn't even Max have a funny line about being Diane's play thing and how he was going home to heat up some mac & cheese? Kinda cute.

And how about how cute Patrick and Robin were in the shower, then Matt adorably busting them. And speaking of Matt and adorable... how about yesterday when he both hit Spinelli (thanks man i really needed that) and also mocked mob prince Johnnie with his Soprano impression in front of Coleman!!! Matt is a funny snarky drunk, I like that.

Today reminded me how much I miss NS2. After today's episode I wished another spinoff could be done, by Sri Rao of course. One where Mac, Alexis, and Tracy were the leads. A spinoff about the core families of PC and who heads them up. Scorpios, Cassadines, and Quartermaine's OH MY!!! Where police, DA, ELQ, and hospital business are all involved and intertwined w/out the mob and their nasty characters.

Back to reality, didn't even Max have a funny line about being Diane's play thing and how he was going home to heat up some mac & cheese? Kinda cute.

Lucky finally got a haircut!!!!!!!!!!!!! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

Next to the fact that PPD hell was ending, this is the best news out of GH in ages.

"Which, yes, it's far better than the fetishes the writing staff has, but it is troubling all the same."

Excellent.

Back when I watched GH, Alexis and Ric were my favorite characters to watch. Nice to hear that at least one of them is getting screentime.

Re Liz's striped top and echoes of Lulu's Rainbowbrite sweater, the wardrobe people have to keep repeating to themselves that primary colors on adults just make them look like little kids. And poor Robin, her wardrobe (with few exceptions) is just tragic.

Alexis! Mac! Scrubs! Tracy minus Luke! Martha Byrne! Distaste for Spinelli! all in one episode, and on my birthday no less.

Alexis and Scrubs were fantastic!

The Spixie scenes yesterday made remember how truly pissed off I am at the TIIC for making me hate my Maxie. Can they just end this stupid "romance" whatever they want to call it? I am sick of it and want Maxie to play with the grown ups now. Please put her with Johnny!

Alexis! Mac! Scrubs! Tracy minus Luke! Martha Byrne! Distaste for Spinelli! all in one episode, and on my birthday no less.
---------------
I know. It was just AWESOME. Now back to our regularly scheduled shitty mob hour. *sigh*

Ooh, I couldn't have been the only one screaming at the television to Scrubs, right?

.........

"Take off your clothes, take off your clothes..."

I really enjoyed yesterday. I was really pleased by the fact that there were multiple characters interwoven into a storyl, especially one that does not involve the mob. Yesterday's show had a great balance of lightness and drama.

I absolutely loved the Spixie we saw yesterday. I loved Scrubs and was so happy to see Mac. This just shows that there can be happy moments with couples (and having them written as couples) without them being boring. I would like TPTB to make note of this. I loved seeing Alexis and Diane. I also loved that there was NO Sonny or Claudia. I would like to see more of what we saw yesterday. That, and for Mac to have a story and romance of his own.

Just give me Patrick/Robin and Matt/Maxie scenes and I'm a happy camper! I wish the four of them had there own show!

I ask this question with love....and only a tiny bit of snark.

You yourselves have admitted that you don't watch As The World Turns and continue to believe it was cancelled years ago [note: it's about to become a self-fulfilling prophecy, that] so how did you know about Martha's awesomeness?

Fess up and reveal your source. = )

The comments to this entry are closed.